London.. what can I say about London. Well for a start, it’s a city with a larger population than the country i’m from, the queen lives there and it’s the location of the only Supreme store In the whole of the U.K.. they were a bit random eh.
Anyway, I have been lucky enough to visit London several times when I was younger, however I felt like I had never really got to appreciate London for what it is until I visited it once more this year as an ‘adult’ In this blog I intended to highlight my most memorable parts of the trip, as half the time I was too drunk to remember the rest..
I had decided to go to London on a whim as i had been offered accommodation at a friends family home while they were also staying there. I seen it as a perfect opportunity for two young Scottish guys to size up London and take it all the sights in a few days while having a couple of drinks along the way.. that was my first mistake. For the 5 days i stayed there I realised that although we visited some of the usual sights, the London eye, Saint Paul’s Cathedral, the British museum and Leicester Square among others, London is such a massive place that it would be impossible to visit everything in a few weeks never mind a few days!!
As there is so much to talk about I’ll keep it simple and tell you about my two favourite things during my stay, the first being my now favourite pub in London, the Lyceum Tavern. On my first day there while me and David were familiarising ourselves with Leicester Square and the surrounding areas the sun broke out turning it into a gorgeous warm day. After a few hours of shopping we both agreed it was time for an alcoholic beverage.. but where would we go?
Well.. after walking around turning down various pubs, all of a sudden it was as if we had been given a sign.. the Lyceum Tavern. The sun was hitting directly down at the pub that a few hundred yards away from the famous Lyceum Theatre and two seats outside clinched the deal. As we sat down with our new favourite beer “Taddy lager” we got a real feel for the buzz of London as we sat there, chilled out watching life go by. Hundreds of people at a time, people on the break, tourists, Londoners or whoever else, both me and David really enjoyed a nice beer in the sun chatting about London and how much it had to offer. We enjoyed it so much that we went back a second time and became friendly with the owner, a great guy which is something I can vouch for concerning all Londoners.. they were all friendly chatty people who had a lot of time for us and we appreciated that.
My second favourite thing about London has to be my experience at the Shaftesbury Theatre seeing “Motown, the musical” Now to be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect on my way to this musical. I have never really been a fan of things like this but I was going in with an open mind and thank goodness I did as it was the best live action performance I have ever seen! The musical told the story of how Motown came about, it’s journey at the peak of its success and how it eventually came to a demise. The amount of effort and talent every performer showed was truly amazing and I left London with a new love for that type of music, especially for Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross.
Overall it’s hard to sum up London, especially when in reality I had seen so little of it. However what I can say is that it’s one of the most diverse, interesting and entertaining places I’ve ever visited and no matter what anyone does while they’re there, I bet they have a lot of fun while doing it!